Volunteer Dom Lewis may have perfectly summed up what it is like to volunteer at the Dublin Food Pantry (DFP) when he said, “The work is personal and important and clearly makes a difference for our clients. There is a real sense of community here and it is nice to be a part of that.” A DFP volunteer since 2012, he has handled most of the volunteer jobs at one time or another on his way to his current "front desk"role. During Monday shopping hours, Dom might be a client's first contact since Dom talks with clients to register each individually and answers questions they might have. He does this while calmly applying DFP’s core values of compassion, respect, and professionalism.
In his second year in the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, he doesn’t have a lot of free time. With over 8 years of experience at DFP, Dom stays with it because the work is meaningful. He says, "One of my favorite things about working at the pantry is catching up with the clients; being that I work at the front desk, I get to talk to every client who comes in on a Monday night."
The Monday team relies on Dom. Chris Ogden, former DFP Board Chair and regular Monday night volunteer, commented, “Dom is an incredible contributor to the pantry! He is fluent in Spanish, some Portuguese and has even picked up some Arabic. Combined with his caring nature, this leads to smiles lighting up many of our clients' faces when they see him.”
A Dublin native, Dom began volunteering at the pantry while attending St. Charles High School. He continued as a volunteer even while an undergrad at the Ohio State University. His loyalty is appreciated. Jim Wilson, Operations Director, added, “Dom has gone above and beyond in his volunteer scheduling, even arranging his internship hours around his Monday night volunteer shift.”
The balance of making a difference and enjoying the volunteer work is a perfect fit for Dom who points out, “I love living in Dublin and this is a great way to help our community. I look forward Mondays at the Pantry.”